This is my first hack, it was rather easy and did not include any actual “hacking” of an actual IKEA product but the outcome has been very beneficial. As our daughter with special needs is getting older (soon to be eight) we needed a changing table could safely support her and be able to be used long term. While there are many changing tables for large children or adults on the market their prices rival those of a used car. Enter IKEA and a handy neighbor with tools and here you go…
I started with two EXPEDIT 1×5 white units and assembled according to the instructions. I really wanted to do a 1×4 but IKEA does not make that dimension, willingness to hack would have solved this problem but I had the space for the 1×5 so I kept the original dimensions. Lay the on the floor side by side, I didn’t find it necessary to secure them together as the top does that work. We wanted a height that would allow for her to sit down onto to help reduce the amount of lifting we would need to do for her, making it easier on her and our backs too!
Next cut a piece of ½” plywood to the dimension of the EXPEDIT units (allow room for vinyl that will be tucked) and cut 1”x 2” to around edge of the unit. Glue and screw to the side, be sure to pre-drill. Don’t be shy with the screws.
I visited an upholstery supply company to purchase vinyl and upholstery foam. The foam cuts easily with an electric knife. I used some spray adhesive recommended by the upholstery salesman. I went to an upholstery supply company for the vinyl (the sold auto and marine varieties) as I felt it would be a better quality than something available at fabric stores. I wanted something that could get wet and could take a lot of use without cracking or wearing. Simply use a staple gun to secure the vinyl to the inside of the 1”x2” side rail.
Set top on and use IKEA baskets in the EXPEDIT unit to hold towels, diapers, wipes, etc. I only used one basket in each compartment and store items loosely behind.
All together this changing table cost around $300 to $350, which is a drop in the bucket compared to what’s available on the market. I share this to help other families who have children with special needs as they may too have a need for such a table. If you are an IKEA hacker and know of a family that could use something like this please offer your services this would be a great gift that will provide a significant impact in their lives.